Texas Tech player apologizes for penalized hit on Oklahoma RB Kennedy Brooks

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/254736/" data-ylk="slk:Eli Howard">Eli Howard</a> got flagged for a low block on <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/280422/" data-ylk="slk:Kennedy Brooks">Kennedy Brooks</a> in Texas Tech's 55-16 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
Eli Howard got flagged for a low block on Kennedy Brooks in Texas Tech's 55-16 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Texas Tech defensive lineman Eli Howard has apologized for a personal foul penalty for a low hit on Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks.

Howard was flagged after Douglas Coleman pulled down an interception after a pass from Jalen Hurts bounced off Nick Basquine’s hand in OU’s 55-16 win on Saturday. As Coleman started running the other direction, Brooks and other Oklahoma players rushed to force him toward the sideline.

That’s when Howard hit Brooks. As Coleman was stepping out of bounds, Howard dove low in an attempt to block Brooks, who immediately grabbed at his knee in pain after the hit. You can see his knee bend awkwardly in the video below.

Brooks was briefly down on the Texas Tech sideline before he walked across the field to the Oklahoma sideline with no assistance. In his apology, Howard said he hoped Brooks would be OK and also apologized to his coach, Matt Wells, and his teammates. It’s clearly outlined in the rule book that it’s a penalty to make a blindside block like Howard attempted on Brooks.

“Obviously, my personal foul play has been receiving a lot of attention through social media. During the play, I thought my player (ball carrier) had the corner and I tried to help by laying down a block. However, I had already launched when the ball carrier had stepped out of bounds. Personally, I truly felt like it was a bang bang play. But it’s easy to build your own perception with a remote in your hand. The block was illegal and could easily be viewed as ‘dirty’ without a doubt. But I can assure you it wasn’t intentional. There is a fine line between playing hard and playing safe. Sadly I put another player in harms way and I accept full responsibility. This game is violent enough, let alone with an illegal hit. Players need to take care of each other. I was told he was able to walk off the field and I pray there isn’t a significant injury. With this being said, I would like to apologize to Coach Wells and the rest of the Texas Tech program. This is not the playing style he coaches or accepts. I did not represent my university well. Also, I would like to apologize to the player I hit illegally and again, I truly hope he is okay. Hope ya’ll can forgive me! Wreck Em.”

Brooks didn’t return to the game after the hit, but Oklahoma was up big anyway so the Sooners didn’t need him. And it looks like he escaped serious injury too. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said after the game that Brooks was “good” and “lucky” that the hit didn’t result in anything worse.

Brooks had eight carries for 29 yards in the win over the Red Raiders. He entered the game as a major part of Oklahoma’s three-headed running back attack with 17 carries for 177 yards.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports

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